Manhattan Cultural Events: Projects 96- Harris Epaminonda
Harris Epaminoda is a Berlin-based artist born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1980. Epaminoda is recognized worldwide for developing collages and assemblages out of photos from magazines and books throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s. She was also well known for creating captivating video pieces in which Greek soap opera television clips are filmed and rearranged into new compositions.
This event showcases Epaminonda’s three-channel video series entitled, The Chronicles which she released in 2007. The Chronicles is a part of continuing series of short videos that make use of elements such as cuts, diversity, and recurrence to demonstrate how pervious our memory can be. Epaminonda has developed these unintelligible films particularly for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Many have compared Epaminonda’s works with the ambrosial colors found in some of the work of Douglas Sirk.
This is Harris Epaminonda’s first museum exhibition autonomously and is made up of her brilliant video series as well as her visionary collection of pictures extracted from aged books or magazines, antique pottery pedestals and columns. Epaminoda’s installations include elements from travelogues involving ancient cultural monuments that have aesthetic similarities but are diverged by the various centuries they originated from.
Epaminonda’s video collection is made up of many short films gathered over the years and has been converted into video. The Chronicles represents the essentiality of time and demonstrate assimilative qualities of the human retention.
One film shows ancient artifacts from different cultures either isolated on colored backgrounds or in images torn from the pages of an art history book, subtly animated by the slight motion of the handheld camera.
Epaminonda’s short film entitled, “Views of the Acropolis” displays an unilluminated element of destruction. Harris Epaminonda uses various methods in her films such as unedited portions, quick cuts, dull colors and disrupted narrations to create her one of a kind virtuosity.
Epaminoda does a wonderful job of conjoining images to create looped films in which none of the images are duplicated. The musical soundtrack is composed of a combination of sounds from nature as well enchanting instrumentals from the “Part Wild Horse Mane on Both Sides” band. The enthralling artwork and the engaging sculptures conceive a mixture of audio and visual installations that overturn all cultural and worldly boundaries.
- $25 – Adults
- $18 – Seniors
- $14 – Students
- Children (16 and under): Free
Note that children must be accompanied by an adult and that this policy does not apply to children in groups.
Projects 96- Harris Epaminonda is an ongoing event and showings begin at 10:30 A.M. daily.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019